A poll of 1,000 UK workers, conducted by EY as part of its 2021 Work Reimagined Employee Survey, found that 4 in 5 wanted flexibility where they worked, and 47% went as far as to say they would consider changing their jobs if flexible working wasn’t an option. When asked about what sort of flexibility employees wanted, 39% said they would like more choice in when they work, and 43% wanted choice in where they worked.
To add to this, a recent IPSOS survey for the World Economic Forum asked 12,500 employed people in 29 countries similar questions and found that a majority want flexible working to become the norm. Two thirds said they wanted flexible working and almost 30% said they would consider looking for another job if they were forced to go back to the office full time.
In my particular recruitment fields (mid-senior level accountancy, sales and marketing) there is always an acute shortage of high calibre candidates. As a result, I see companies who have not kept afloat in terms of “home working” flexibility and remote IT cloud-based systems will see their talent pool shrinking over the next 12 months.
Furthermore, an apparent change I also see coming is the traditional “work near your home for convenience but take a pay cut on a city-based salary”. With less candidates needing to take daily expensive commutes into city centres, SME’s that traditionally paid less but benefited from attracting candidates in their suburban or rural locations will have to up their pay or risk losing out further.